Help & Preferences

Search preferences

Case differences:

 

Word endings:

 

 
Return up to hits.

Display preferences

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How to find information

There are 10 ways to find information in this collection:

You can search for particular words that appear in the text from the "search" page that can be reached from other pages by pressing the Search button.

You can access publications by title by pressing the Titles A-Z button. This brings up a list of books in alphabetic order. By pressing one of the letters at the top of the page, you will reach the list of publications whose title begins with that particular letter.

You can access publications by subject by pressing the Subjects button. This brings up a list of subjects represented by bookshelves. Pressing one of the subjects button will bring up a list of subcategories. Each one will bring up a list of documents assigned to that subcategory.

You can access publications by keyword by pressing the Keywords button. This brings up a list of keywords in alphabetical order. Click on any keyword to view the alphabetical list of publications containing the selected keyword.

You can access series and periodical publications by pressing the Series and Periodicals button. This brings up a list of periodicals represented by bookshelves.

You can access publications by publisher by pressing the Publishers button. This brings up a list of documents published by a certain category of organizations.

You can access publications by author by pressing the Authors button. This brings up a list of authors in the alphabetical order of the last name of the author. By pressing one of the letters at the top of the page, you will reach the list of authors whose last name begins with that particular letter.

You can access publications by region by pressing the Regions button. At the top of the page you may access the six regions. Pressing each button brings up a list of documents that refer to that particular region.

You can access publications by country by pressing the Countries button. At the top of the page you may access the list the geographical regions of the world, according to WHO's classification. Clicking the button of a certain region will bring up a list of countries. By pressing on the country button, you will access the list of documents that refer to that particular country.

You can access publications by keyphrase by pressing the Index button. This brings up a list of keyphrases in alphabetical order. Click on any keyphrase to view the alphabetical list of publications containing the selected keyphrase.

How to read the books

You can tell when you have arrived at an individual book because there is a photograph of its front cover at the top right of the page. Beside the photograph is a table of contents. This table is expandable: click on the folders to open or close them.

Underneath is the text of the current section. When you have read through it, there are arrows at the bottom to take you on to the next section or back to the previous one.

In the menu "Documents" at the top there are four buttons. Click on Expand Document to expand out the whole text of the current document, or on Expand Chapter to expand the content of the selected chapter. If the book is large, this could take a long time and use a lot of memory! Click on Full TOC to expand out the whole table of contents so that you can see the titles of all chapters and subsections or on Printable HTML version to open the printable friendly version of the current section.

How to search for particular words

From the search page, you make a query in these simple steps:

  1. Specify what items you want to search
  2. Say whether you want to search for all or just some of the words
  3. Type in the words you want to search for
  4. Click the Search button

When you make a query, the titles of 50 matching documents will be shown. There is a button at the end to take you on to the next 50 documents. From there you will find buttons to take you on to the third 50 or back to the first 50, and so on. Click the title of any document, or the little button beside it, to see it.

By default the search returns all the matching results. You can change this option by clicking the Search preferences at the top of the page.

Search terms

Whatever you type into the query box is interpreted as a list of words called "search terms". Each term contains nothing but alphabetic characters and digits. Terms are separated by white space. If any other characters such as punctuation appear, they serve to separate terms just as though they were spaces. And then they are ignored. You cannot search for words that include punctuation.

For example, the query

Self-Medication and Its Impact on Essential Drugs Schemes in Nepal: A Social-Cultural Research Project - EDM Research Series N° 10

will be treated the same as

Self Medication and Its Impact on Essential Drugs Schemes in Nepal A Social Cultural Research Project EDM Research Series N 10

Scope of queries

In most collections you can choose different indexes to search. For example, there might be author or title indexes. Or there might be chapter or paragraph indexes. Generally, the full matching document is returned regardless of which index you search.

If documents are books, they will be opened at the appropriate place.

Change search preferences

On the Help page, there are two pairs of buttons that control the case differences and word endings of your queries. The first set of buttons controls whether upper and lower case must match (case differences). The second set controls whether to ignore word endings or not (word endings).

For example, if the buttons ignore case differences and ignore word endings are selected, the query

African building

will be treated the same as

africa builds

because the uppercase letter in "African" will be transformed to lowercase, and the suffixes "n" and "ing" will be removed from "African" and "building" respectively (also, "s" would be removed from "builds").

Finally, you can control the number of hits returned, and the number presented on each screenful.

Useful tips to get started in five minutes

  1. You can search publications in this library by typing words to search, by subjects, by title, access series and periodicals, search by publisher, region, country, author, keywords and by keyphrases.

  2. To explore the library click on the covers which appear every five seconds on the home page, scroll the titles a-z list or type your query in the search window.

  3. Use "quotation marks" to search for exact matches of words.

  4. Normally, only one chapter or paragraph is displayed at a time. The [Expand Document] button allows you to view the complete text of the document. Use the [Expand chapter] button to view the entire content of the selected chapter on the same page.

  5. The [Show full Table of Contents] button expands the complete table of contents.

  6. Set your preferences to suit your needs. The number of total hits displayed can be set up to 50.000 or more, with 10 to 500 hits per page. The "ignores word endings" setting augments the number of hits. You can change the preferences to uppercase / lowercase sensitivity if needed.


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